Mr. O’Connor waltz

Also known as Mr O’Conner, Mr O’Connor.

There are 23 recordings of this tune.

Mr. O’Connor has been added to 3 tune sets.

Mr. O'Connor has been added to 85 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Mr. O'Connor
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
B2E2F2|GAGF E2|e2E2F2|GFGA B2|Bc A2B2|
BAGF B2|BAGF E2|D2 "tr"F2 ED|E2G2e2|edef g2|
GBGB E2|b2 ba g2|FAFA D2|a2 {a}g2 f2|fgfe f2|
{e}d4 B2|E2G2F2|E2A2G2|F2B2A2|G2c2B2|BAGF B2|
AGFE F2|B,2E2^D2|E6||B,=DEF G2|B2A2G2|F2G2E2|
D2B2B,2|edef g2|f2d2a2|b2 ba g2|f4 ed|efed e2|
G2F2E2|dedB d2|GAGA F2|BcBA B2|E2G2A2|
E2A2 GF|G4 A2|B2 GBGB|d2 d2 d2|e2 BeBe|
f2 f2 f2|gfga b2|agfg a2|gd B2 ^d2|e6||
BG/A/B AF/G/A|BG/A/B cA/B/c|{c}B2 A {B}AG/F/B|
{A}GF/E/A "tr"F2 E/D/|EFG FGD|EFG FAE|B,A,B, G,GF|E3 E3||
X: 2
T: Mr. O'Connor
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
B2E2F2|GAGF E2|e2E2F2|uGFGA B2|uBc A2B2|
!upbow!BAGF B2|uBAGF E2|D2 ~ F2 uED|E2G2e2|ueBef g2|
GBGB E2|b2 uba g2|FAFA D2|a2 ug2 f2|ufgfe f2|
!upbow!d4 B2|E2uG2F2|E2uA2G2|F2B2A2|uG2c2B2|uBAGF B2|
AGFE F2|b,2E2~ ^D2|E6||b,=DEF G2|B4 AG|F2G2E2|
D2B2e,2|eBef g2|f2d2a2|be ba g2|f4 ~ ed|efed ue2|
G2u F2E2|dedB ud2|GAGA F2|uBcBA B2|E2uG2F2|
E2uA2 GF|uG4 A2|B2 GBGB|d2 Dd Dd|e2 BeBe|
f2 Ff Fg-|g~ fga b2|agfg ua2|ge B2 ^d2|e6||
# Added by Bruno .

Fifteen comments

Mr. O’Connor

The tune is No. 113 in "Carolan: The life times and music of an Irish harper" by Donal O’Sullivan, Ossian 2001. I have transposed it from Gminor to Eminor to make it playable on the whistle, since it was requested by Tyghress, who plays whistle I believe.

The first 3/4 section is feasible, although a couple of notes go below the whistle’s range. The jig section has even more such notes, but is heard I think more rarely.

I submitted it as jig and then changed the metre, because I couldn’t bear to call it a waltz. I find the list of tune types too restrictive, Jeremy!

Tune types

I’m sorry you find the list of tune types restrictive, Brother Steve.

As I’ve explained before, I can’t add "O’Carolan composition" or "slow air" because these descriptions say nothing about the metre of the song.

The tune types that are used in The Session describe the *metre* of the song. So even if a tune isn’t strictly a jig but is in 6/8 time, then it should be submitted as a jig.

If you think there’s another category of tune type that should be listed, then please let me know the name of the category and what metre and notelength tunes in this category would have.


I understand that the type describes the metre, Jeremy. But here’s my problem - the first section of the tune is in 3/4, but to call it a waltz would have given people totally the wrong idea. It’s an air in 3/4 time, I suppose. Waltzes were invented in the 19th century, weren’t they? I’d suggest "3/4 - other". But please please not waltz.

If we are capable of writing out the ABC notation, surely we are capable of selecting the metre from a list?



It’s like this: 99.9% of the time, there’s no reason to select a metre because it is implied by the tune type. To add another level of complication to the submission process for the 0.01% of tunes that have changing metres would be adding an unnecessary complication. I want to keep the submission process as simple as possible. If metre and tune type were seperated, I can guarantee you will see reels in 6/8 and slip jigs in 4/4 being submitted.

Besides, as it states on the front page of The Session: "This website is one way of passing on jigs, reels and other dance tunes."
Carolan compositions should really have their own website, I think.


Well I only posted this tune because a contributor asked for it. As it stands, it’s all wrong, so if can’t the sheetmusic can’t be fixed to display the tune properly (in 3/4) would you please remove it (and this discussion) entirely?

I accept what you about people posting in the wrong metre, but I would suggest that few real-life sessions never include tunes that are not dance tunes.

Here’s a thought - you might consider letting people enter what they want for the tune type, and make them select a metre from a list populated by entries such as:

2/4 (polkas, etc.)
3/4 (waltzes, etc.)
C| (reels)
6/8 (double jigs, etc.)


But - whatever. It’s of no great importance to me.



Brother Steve, I have changed the sheetmusic. I changed the sheetmusic to read 3/4 almost as soon as I got your message.

I think you need to clear your internet cache and/or reload the page if you’re not seeing the change.

Would you still like me to delete the tune?


Ah - the dreaded cache! Thanks for the change, and sorry for all the trouble.

No, I don’t want you to delete the tune. If anyone asks, though, you called it a waltz, though, not me, OK? ;)


Thanks for the discussion years ago.
I first heard the tune known as Silabh Sneachta by Altan (CD: A Winter’s Tale Celtic Heartbeat) but couldn’t find the sheetmusic. Then I heard the same tune played by De Dannan named "Mr O’Connor".
Your discussion helped me easily to find the sheetmusic.
Jenny Pluck Pears (my band) will try to make her own arangement of it.

I think I make a mistake in my comment to say that Silabh Sneachta is the same tune. The type of the tune is simmilar not the tune by itself. Sorry for the wrong comment. Anyway : they are both lovely tunes 🙂)

Error in sheet music (and midi file)

Just noticed - 9 years after posting this, egad - that there is a mistake in the sheet music (not the abcs). The d at the start of the 16th bar is d2 - a minim or half-note - but is shown on the sheet and interpreted in the midi file as d (crotchet or quarter note).

Further to fiddlerdutch’s comments of 6 years ago I removed the alternative titles.

Metre idiocy

"It’s like this: 99.9% of the time, there’s no reason to select a metre because it is implied by the tune type."

The problem is the other way round - metre does not determine tune type.

I am never going to submit any 2/4 marches here because your system will insist they’re polkas.

Re: Mr. O’Connor

I found a version with the 6/8 part and I can see why it’s not commonly played, it doesn’t seem to go at all with the main tune.